Stories tagged with Paraguay

Mar 3, 2011 GH Ghana

Compiled by Alexis Ditkowsky, KF14, South Africa

Last week, Kiva Fellows took you to places you may not have known existed (West Timor, Indonesia, pictured)

The Fellows will be covering International Women’s Day later this week but let’s take a moment to acknowledge its lesser-known cousin in Kyrgyzstan, “Man’s Day”. And while you’re appreciating culture and history in far-off places, take a trip to Peru and West Timor through photos,...

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Mar 3, 2011 GT Guatemala
The Difference Between Knowing & Understanding by Carlos Cruz Montano, KF14

Finished Collecting. Terminando de Cobrar.

One of my local friends came to me one day… “Mr. Montano I need to talk to you”. Later that day he told me he had to send money to his mother and had other expenses but payday which was still a few days away. We agreed on the terms, half with the current month’s pay and the other half with the following month’s pay; both at the end of the...

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Feb 2, 2011 BJ Benin

Compiled by Alexis Ditkowsky, KF14, South Africa

Kiva's microfinance partners often provide services beyond finance, including housing (pictured above in Colombia), education, energy, agriculture, hospitality, business, women's rights, community, and culture.

Another week, another incredible range of dispatches from around the world. Several Fellows told their stories with video and pictures while others took time to reflect on the state of microfinance as a global...

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Feb 2, 2011 GH Ghana

In the past few months, the Indian microfinance industry has learned that not all publicity is good publicity. A few Kiva Fellows wanted to learn what the issues were, and what can be done to prevent them in the future. We will present our findings in a series of blog postings over the coming days. Given the inherent complexities, the multiple viewpoints and an ever changing political and legal landscape, our work is only intended to provide a top-level summary of the situation as it stands now. If you are interested in learning more about...

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Dec 12, 2010 PY Paraguay
By Carlos Cruz Montaño, KF12, Paraguay

Want to know what is it like to work with a loan officer? Come on… join the ride for a day!
Click to view slideshow. Should be an easy day, I planned to go with one of the loan officers, Nidia, to a workshop for two groups of women about planting greens and vegetables in their gardens. She is one of the graduates from the self-sufficient agricultural highschool (Escuela Agrícola San Francisco)  run also by Fundación Paraguaya where kids live in campus, go to class and do field work related to their...

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Nov 11, 2010 PY Paraguay
Carlos Cruz Montaño, KF12 Paraguay

One of my favorite business talks is from Yvon Chouinard, the founder/owner of Patagonia, an outdoor clothing manufacturer. Patagonia has been very successful at innovating in the apparel industry but they did it by finding the way to do the right thing at all levels of their business.

As I work with Fundación Paraguaya, travel to branch offices, attend meetings and events one quote comes to mind from this talk: “leading and examined life where you have to question everything you do is a real pain in the ass, let me tell you”. In...

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Oct 10, 2010 PY Paraguay

By Carlos Cruz Montaño

Within the Americas Region, spanning from Chile in South America passing through the Caribbean and all the way to the United States, Kiva currently has 39 partner MFIs in 15 countries and about one third of all Kiva loans funded so far. Last Tuesday the Kiva Summit of the Americas took place, the Kiva team in charge of managing all these partnerships met with a group of representatives from some of these institutions for the third time in Montevideo, Uruguay. As a Kiva Fellow, this was a great opportunity to participate in the discussion of the...

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Sep 9, 2010 PY Paraguay
by Carlos Cruz Montaño, KF12, Paraguay Ikatú… si se puede!

Fundación Paraguaya (FP) ha sido socio de Kiva desde mediados del 2007 y ahora recauda alrededor de 200,000 dólares por mes en préstamos. Además de las microfinanzas, la Fundación tiene otras actividades y programas, uno de ellos es Ikatú que se enfoca en disminuir la pobreza. Este sábado pasado fue un día especial ya que por primera vez se realizó un evento para reunir a los cuatro grupos de mujeres que participan en este programa con el objetivo de compartir experiencias y conocimientos, ampliar las redes de...

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Apr 4, 2010 PY Paraguay

By Kimia Raafat, KF10 Paraguay

College students must pick a major.  They distress over the decision:  economics or accounting? Political science or general studies? Should I double-major? Add a concentration?  And throughout the process, there are many that pick one out of obligation (with no path in mind), they hope for the best, and of course, hope this decision will lead to future professional success.

Microfinance borrowers must pick a career—they risk taking out a loan to invest in their business. They distress over the decision: Despensa(general store...

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Mar 3, 2010 PY Paraguay

By Kimia Raafat, KF10 Paraguay

Although lard has always been a popular alternative to butter, and a readily accessible by-product of pork, I have somehow managed to remain a lard simpleton—until now! Upon approaching the home of one Fundación Paraguaya borrower, Gloria Elizabeth Cabrera de Echeverria, I expected to find a typical despensa (general store) or home tailoring store, instead I was kindly greeted by the lingering scent of rendered pig-fat!

Gloria produces and sells bottles of lard to local bakeries.  The bakeries use the animal oil to cut down their...

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